LibriVox volunteers bring you 14 recordings of To The Moon by Giacomo Leopardi.
This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 28, 2017.
Read in English by Algy Pug; Bruce Kachuk; David Lawrence; Don Will; Eva Davis; Newgatenovelist; Garth Burton; Greg Giordano; Jude; Leonard Wilson; Nemo; Phil Schempf; Tomas Peter and tovarisch.
Giacomo Leopardi is a great name in Italy among philosophers and poets, but is quite unknown in this country, and Mr. Townsend has the honor of introducing him, in the most captivating way, to his countrymen. In Germany and France he has excited attention. Translations have been made of his works; essays have been written on his ideas. But in England his name is all but unheard of. Six or seven years ago Mr. Charles Edwards published a translation of the essays and dialogues, but no version of the poems has appeared, so far as I know. Leopardi was substantially a poet,—that is to say, he had imagination, sentiment, passion, an intense love of beauty, a powerful impulse towards things ideal. (O. B. Frothingham, from the Preface of The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi)
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